Journese and Pleasant Holidays have announced the expansion of their Japan and Asia vacations with the addition of Singapore. In addition, Journese will add luxury vacations to the Maldives to its portfolio, inclusive of five five-star resorts with overwater villa options. Available for booking effective April 8, 2019, both travel brands will offer customizable Singapore vacation packages, offering a selection of 10 hotels and 13 commissionable tours and activities. Hotel options in both Singapore and yhe Maldives include brands popular with American travelers, such as Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott. All hotels have room inventory and instant reservation confirmations, Pleasant Holidays says. Both Journese and Pleasant Holiday’s packages to these destinations for FIT and group travel can be customized with flights in all seating categories on major airlines, airport transfers and travel protection coverage. Nonstop flights to Singapore are … [Read more...] about Journese and Pleasant Holidays Extend Their Asia Portfolios
Viet Nam News by Mary Pecaut I first set foot in Việt Nam in 2014. As a US citizen embarrassed by my country’s policies during and following the American-Việt Nam War, I was uncertain about the welcome that awaited me. Because I spoke French and had family members living in Toronto, I prepared to answer that certain-to-be-asked question: Where are you from? By replying, Canada. I was pleasantly surprised to find that US citizens are very welcome in Việt Nam and that there was no need to hide my identity. Upon arrival, I started my quest to understand my new home country and her people. Usually when I arrive in a newly assigned country, I dive into the local culture through food, art and language. I soon discovered that the best window into Vietnamese culture was by understanding a unique Vietnamese national holiday. Tết Nguyên Đán, otherwise known as Tết, is the most important and popular holiday in Việt Nam. The word … [Read more...] about Can a holiday explain a national identity?
Looking to give selfie-stick-wielding tourists the slip this year? Then hide from the crowds in one of these lesser-visted destinations. 1. Uzbekistan From this week citizens of 45 countries – including Britain – are permitted visa-free travel to Uzbekistan, as the country tries to woo foreign tourists. There are some compelling reasons to visit the Central Asian nation, whose glorious cities provided a welcome respite for travellers on the Silk Road. Those same cities – Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand – have been painstakingly restored and once again bedazzle with their magnificent minarets, shimmering domes and hypnotic mosaics. The dusty bazaars, hospitable locals and spectacular mountain scenery add to the country’s considerable appeal. Explore offers a 13-day Wonders of the Silk Road itinerary from £2,575pp. 2. Eritrea Since “Africa’s North Korea” made peace with Ethiopia a wind of change has blown … [Read more...] about 10 holiday destinations for 2019 that will surprise your friends
The Pros and Cons of Ethical Travel Lists When it comes to "Top Ten" lists, I find them fun but I never take them seriously. They obviously weren't designed to be. So when an email landed in my ludicrously overpopulated inbox with the subject "The Top Ten Ethical Destinations," my cynical old heart sank a little. Why? Because this was something that I really wanted to believe someone had put some thought into, that this might actually be something that "meant" something. But a lifetime's digital flotsam and jetsam prepared me for the worst. In spite of myself, I opened it. It started with a pleasant surprise (addressed by name! spelled correctly!) and then quickly moved on: "Ethical Traveler conducts an annual study of developing nations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe to identify the best ethical tourism destinations. The group focuses on three general categories: environmental protection, social welfare, and human rights." Sounds good. What's your evidence base? It was … [Read more...] about Ethical Tourism and The Top Ten Ethical Holiday Destinations
Whether it's a summer "fun and sun" cruise with all the family, a late-season cultural cruise around some of Europe's key sights or a holiday under sail to ome of the continent's smaller, unhurried ports - the Mediterranean is one of the best destinations for those looking to explore by ship. With cruises catering to a wide range of budgets and itineraries to suit all tastes, the hardest part is deciding which one to plump for. View our best Mediterranean Cruises 1. Family fun on MSC Cruises Young, old, fitness fan or sybarite – there’s something to please everyone on MSC Splendida. Passengers on a week-long cruise from Valencia will find four pools plus volleyball and squash courts, a state-of-the-art gym and a running track. The spa has a Turkish bath and offers Balinese massages, while on the top deck staff will deliver refreshing fruit skewers. At the other end of the scale is the casino, glitzy shows, a nightclub and multiple dining options. The itinerary will … [Read more...] about The 16 best Mediterranean cruise holidays for 2017